Shetland Black is a dark purple heritage variety of potato. It comes from the Shetland Islands and was developed in the Victorian era. It grows about two and a half feet tall, and is shallow rooted and thus suitable for container growing. The potato is suitable for roasting, baking or steaming. The potato is fairly small compared with modern cultivars, and when sliced had a purple ring near the edge. Once cooked it has a fluffy floury texture.
While popular lore has it that the potato came to the British Isles by way of a stranded Spanish Armada ship, but because it matures early in the season that provenance is disproven.
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